The game in the movie was a high-scoring event (34-28), but the score of the actual game was 14-9 in favor of Carter. Additionally, it was a semi-final and not a final.
In his 1990 best-seller, Friday Night Lights, author H.G. Bissinger chronicled Odessa Permian's 1988 season.
When the movie came out, director Peter Berg admits a few facts have been changed for narrative purposes, but contends that the celluloid version is true, in the most essential ways, to the book version.
Find out "what's reel and what's real" about this classic Texas football story on ESPN.com.